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Brave Writer Lifestyle Video Guides

The Brave Writer Lifestyle began in this house began in August of 2013 and continues to this day. Elements of the lifestyle and products from the Brave Writer curriculum are the backbone of our homeschool language arts program.


I share my love of Brave Writer with anyone who asks.  And for much of 2016, I shared it with the world using Periscope.

All of my past periscopes are now available my YouTube channel.  Many of them include aspects of the Brave Writer Lifestyle in our home.

If you are hoping to implement aspects of the the Brave Writer Lifestyle in your homeschool, then this video collection is for you.

A collection of periscopes that help to explain and unpack our Brave Writer Lifestyle.

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Periscope, Things I Love

Things I Love: Periscope Edition

My first periscope was done on a whim on September 18, 2015 after Julie Bogart’s periscope challenge to show our “enchanted spaces”.  I decided to take up her challenge and I grabbed my phone to show our mess enchanted space.

At the time, I had no idea what an amazing tool periscope would become for me.   It has changed the way I learn about science, the world, and homeschooling.  I continue to be very involved in the periscope community.  If you are interested, you can follow me there (or on your app @notbefore7) and join in the fun!

I admit that here have been a few purchases made in this house specifically because of my love of periscope.  Therefore, this edition of “Things I Love” is dedicated to the wonderful world of periscope.


1. Spiral Bound Notecard Set.

My first purchase was a set of basic spiral bound notecards to display important websites that I mention when talking on a periscope.

My own website is listed on the first card and then sites I mention frequently come next. Any site I mention can be included on the list quickly and will remain there for reference in the future.

2.  Tripod.

Eventually, I got tired of propping my iPhone against a stack of books. I didn’t invest in anything fancy, but I purchased a pretty basic tabletop tripod. It does the job and keeps my hands free and the phone steady.

3.  Burts Bees Lip Balm.

Let me be honest here.  It can be tough to stare at yourself on your iPhone for 20-30 minutes during a periscope.  You begin to notice things about yourself that you normally don’t notice.

Like your lips that suddenly seem so pale.

My first attempt to correct this issue were the Burts Bees Shimmer Lip Balms. I grabbed one in Fig and kept it downstairs where I often periscope. It worked perfectly.

Until I began to notice some of my friends going for bold lip colors on periscope and I decided to try a more bold lip approach, which brings me to my next purchase.

4.  Lancome Lip Crayon.

I was never much for bold lipstick in my everyday life, but boy does it make a difference on the screen!

So I went off to the local Ulta and bought a bold lipstick.  I selected this Lancome Lip Crayon and it is perfect.  It is slim and fits in my purse or in a bin with my other periscope equipment.

Best of all, I love the name: Only Wine Will Tell. Brilliant.

5. Rectangular Storage Bin.

I keep all of my periscope equipment together in a cabinet: lipstick, tripod, and notecards. The next purchase on my list is this bin. I am tired of the lipstick rolling around on the shelf. This bin will hold them all and fit nicely in my cabinet. When it is time to periscope, I can just grab it! Voila!

How about you? Do you periscope? Have you made any purchases for it?

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Looking for a Past Periscope?


Without a doubt, I am a big fan of Periscope.  It has been a wonderful way to share my thoughts, connect with the homeschool community, and to discover new places and information!

If you are new to periscope, start off by reading the basics.

Once you have the gist of this new social media, you can join me live by following @notbefore7.

But if you want to find a past periscope, you can look it up on my Katch page or on this page by topic:

Periscope Information

How I use Periscope to keep in touch with family

Periscope accounts I follow for travel and homeschool

Periscope 101: Blocking, Comment Options, and Privacy Settings, and the Follow-up

ScoperChat: A Periscoping Tool

Homeschooling: Arrow (3rd-6th) and Boomerang (7th-12th) Book Clubs

Book Club Q&A: first time, second time

Anne of Green Gables

Love That Dog

Book Club Christmas Ornament

Mysterious Benedict Society

The Outsiders

Poppy by Avi

Homeschooling: General

Technology in our Home and School

Homeschool Happy Hour: Enjoying our kids 

Midday Homeschool Reality

Our Homeschool in One Word

Bloody Fun, Apologia Anatomy Ch. 7

Raising Global Citizens

Organization or lack thereof in our homeschool

Morning Basket Time

Chalk Pastel Christmas Art

Homeschool Morning Set-Up

Teatime in our Homeschool 

Math Games in Our Homeschool and the Cliff Notes Version

Overwhelmed Homeschool Days

Math Manipulatives

Homeschooling Advantages: Listening to our Kids

Art Enchantment, the non-messy kind

Homeschooling: History

Homeschool in the Woods: Colonial Lapbook

How to Make a Colonial Tin Candle

Colonial Party, Story of the World 3

Colonial #Partyschool, Wrap up Homeschool in the Woods

Dying Fabric the Colonial Way, Homeschool in the Woods

Alternative Geography Reports: Fortune Tellers

Homeschooling: Language Arts, including Brave Writer

Using the Arrow

Impact of the Brave Writer Lifestyle

Friday Freewrite with Literature: Letter from a disgruntled toy

Gingerbread Christmas Tea Time

Winston Grammar Revealed, and then Modifications Explained

Grammar Lessons in the Arrow (Poppy by Avi); More Grammar in the Arrow (Love That Dog)

Golden Lines Journal

Quick Writing Activity: Six-Word Memoir

Quick Writing Activity: Comparisons

My first scope, Our Enchanted Space

Sneak Peek at our Space

Homeschooling, Field Trips

Jamestown Musket Firing

Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Living: The Fort

Jamestown Colonial Settlement: The Indian Village

Jamestown Settlement: The Three Ships

Jamestown Fort: School Groups Gone


Camping, Packing Tips

Car Traveling with Kids

ATSC Passport Program, Traveling to Science Centers

Orlando Science Center

Travel: North Carolina

Duck Donuts: Raleigh, NC

2 Story Chick-fil-a, Raleigh

Live from District 12: Hunger Games

Hawksbill Mountain, NC

Holiday Lights: Planters Walk, NC

Sir Walter Raleigh, Groundhog Day: Explanation, Event


Planters Walk Light Display, NC

Christmas Ornament for Book Clubs

Gingerbread Christmas Tea Time

My Favorite Christmas Books

Ornament and Card Making Open House

Our Bedroom Christmas Lights Tradition

Advent Dinner Tradition

Chalk Pastel Christmas Art

Sanity with Christmas Lists


Roasted Red Potatoes

Cake in Ice Cream Cones

Wildtree Freezer Meal Parties

Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

Making Chicken Broth in the Crockpot

Our Family Life:

Technology in our Home and School

Confessions of a Lame Birthday Party Planner

Our Daily Lunch Menu

Talking Jigsaw Puzzle

Playing PIT: Holiday Game Time

Our Favorite Games 

Birthday Freedoms

Sneak-A-Game: Daddy Fun


Fighting the Winter Blues

My Word for the Year, 2016

Tiny Talk, ideas for moms of little ones

My First Zentangles

Fashion Challenge Explained, then Updated

Fair Trade Friday Earring of the Month Club

Effie Trinket Make-Up

Pioneer Woman Book Signing Part I, Part II

Brave Writer, grammar, Homeschooling, Periscope

Writing Concrete Poems

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Our January Arrow Guide was for the book, “Love That Dog” by Sharon Creech.

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The copy work and discussion provided in week two were based on the concrete poems found in the book.  The poems served as a spring board for our discussion about parts of speech with my children, as suggested in our Arrow Guide.

Using the poem in the back of the book, as well as the copy work selection for the week, we identified nouns, adjectives and verbs.


Then, instead of copying the provided selection, my kids were eager to write their own concrete poems.

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If you are interested in seeing a detailed explanation of how I use the Arrow Guides to teach grammar through literature, then you can watch the periscope of this activity  below:

Books We Read, Brave Writer, DIY, Homeschooling, Periscope

Christmas Ornament for our book clubs

This school year, each of my daughters is involved in a book club. It has been such a sweet time of friendship and learning for each of them.

When I saw this ornament, I knew it was the perfect craft to make in honor of this memorable year of our book clubs.  With a few minor adaptations to make the construction a bit easier and somewhat more secure, I knew this would turn out as a precious memento of our year!

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Brave Writer, Homelife, Homeschooling, Periscope

Enchanted Spaces: Where Periscoping all began for me

After watching Julie Bogart of Brave Writer‘s periscope on The Enchanted Education (embedded video below), I was inspired to play around with Periscope.

(Note: Wondering, “What is Periscope”? Learn the basics here.)

She spoke about adding enchantment to your home education environment.  The idea was….well…enchanting!

One nugget I took away from that talk was to see the “mess” in my house as a sign of enchantment.

Now, I have given this a lot of thought and this is not to say that shoes kicked off on the floor instead of put in their place isn’t mess.  Some messes are mess and should be cleaned by the child who created it…ahem.

But other messes are part of our enchanted activities. Unfinished lego projects and half-completed puzzles can drive me crazy, but I began to step back and see them as part of our enchanted environment.

So, one random morning, I decided to talk a walk through my house on Periscope and show our “enchanted mess”. It was a pretty clean day other than our art room. I filmed our legos and the puzzle pieces and the messy school table. Then I shared how I was trying to see it as an enchanted space instead of a messy house.

It was my first #enchantedscope, #homeschoolscope, and first periscope. I would change a lot about it and do it so differently now, but you have to start somewhere and this is where I started.

I hope you’ll be inspired to join the conversations in periscope. Perhaps watch Julie’s video (second video below) or mine (first one below) and be inspired to share your own #enchantedscope. I’d love to see it!

My “Enchanted Space”:

Julie’s talk on the Enchanted Education: